Dagg one of five Crusaders changes for Highlanders

The Crusaders have named a team to play the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday that has five changes to the starting side including the return of All Black Israel Dagg.

The Christchurch based Super Rugby side lost their opening match to the Rebels so coach Todd Blackadder has made changes to a third of the starting team.

Blackadder has named Wyatt Crockett to start in the number 1 jersey this week, with Joe Moody and Nepo Laulala providing prop cover from the bench.

Scott Barrett will start at lock for the first time in Super Rugby, pairing up with Luke Romano and with Dominic Bird on the bench.

Colin Slade shifts from fullback to first five, with Daniel Carter recovering from a knock to the leg in last week’s match, and Israel Dagg steps in at 15.

Ryan Crotty and Tom Taylor have switched places, Crotty taking the starting second five spot this week and Taylor taking a spot on the bench.


1 Wyatt Crockett, 2 Ben Funnell, 3 Owen Franks, 4 Luke Romano, 5 Scott Barrett ,6 Richie McCaw, 7 Matt Todd (c), 8 Luke Whitelock, 9 Mitchell Drummond,10 Colin Slade, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 12 Ryan Crotty, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 14 Robbie Fruean, 15 Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Dominic Bird , 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Nafi Tuitavake

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